Blurb: What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?
Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.
Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.
Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.
Review: When I skipped over this several times in favor of other books on my to read list, I should have taken the hint that this one probably wasn’t really one I was going to like much. I’m not a fan of books on infidelity, but I’ve read a few that write it in a way that is really interesting and thought provoking. This wasn’t one of those books.
This had a few things with regards to the secondary characters and a few scenes with them that were really kind of ridiculous and at least one or two that made Claire seem like such a pushover. Sorry, but no one should ever touch another person without permission in the first place, but to do so and not get a knee to the balls and an in your face confrontation just doesn’t work for me. Not only did she not do anything, she maintained a friendship with those characters. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in my book.
I’m not one of those types that thinks that once you’ve married someone, you have to stick with it no matter what. If there are problems, absolutely, work through them. If you can’t, then you do what you need to do to move on to a healthy relationship. I absolutely do not agree with becoming involved with another person while you are still married to another person. If you find that you are drawn to someone, for whatever reason, that isn’t your spouse, then you need to think long and hard about why that is and see what you need to do about it. Use it as the wake up call that something in your relationship isn’t right. You do not pursue it until you are free to do so
This book hits a few gray areas in how I feel about that kind of situation and I honestly didn’t like the characters because of that. It speaks really highly about Claire’s character that she’d get into any kind of relationship, even if it wasn’t ever physical, instead of having the conversation with her husband that needed to be had to attempt to resolve her issues. It makes her seem shallow and unwilling to do any actual work, she only wanted the easy way.
The issue with Chris’ job and the travel kind of pissed me off as well. Yes, you absolutely have to do what you have to in order to take care of family, but you still always have choices. His choices seemed to be more about keeping his social status than actually doing what was best for his family. Again, this makes the character seem shallow and materialistic.
Daniel doesn’t come across as any better than the rest because he knowingly pursued a woman that was married. Sorry, no excuse at all. It would have been different if he didn’t know, but he did. That and it seemed a bit crazy that the main reason for his attraction was that Claire reminded him of his ex-wife. That is really kind of twisted.
Even with all of those things that bugged the crap out of me about this story, the rest was just very slow and not all that interesting. If I could manage to set aside my personal feelings on the subject, I’d say that this was a decent story, but far from great. As it stands, this was really just kind of a lukewarm story that didn’t have much to make it worth my time.